Russian skating stars gave Chesterfield a big lift when they launched the town’s first ice show.
Valdis Mintals, who has world, European and national championship honours to his credit, hoisted skating partner Valeria Vorobyeva onto his shoulders outside the town hall.
The pair - who play the principals in Cinderella On Ice - were guests of honour at a civic reception in the Mayor’s Parlour on Friday, November 2.
They were warmly welcomed by Chesterfield’s ambassadors, Cllr John Burrows, leader of the borough council and Cllr Donald Parsons and his wife Diane, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield.
Cllr Burrows said: “If anyone had said ten years ago that Chesterfield would have had ice skaters in the Mayor’s Parlour , I would have said you must be mad but it has happened.”
Pretty Valeria in her gem-encrusted dress brought a touch of princess magic to the day for Isabel Peat, of Newbold, who celebrates her second birthday this month.
Cinderella On Ice will be staged at the Winding Wheel from December 12 to 16.
Tickets £22.50-£27.50. Contact 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldvenues.co.uk